Sicily in Transition AD 600-1200
Établissements principaux/Main institutions : University of Rome 2 (Tor Vergata), University of York
Projet en cours/Project in progress
The departments of archaeology at York and Rome 2 (Tor Vergata) began a joint research project in 2014 investigating the Byzantine-Arabic-Norman transition in Sicily, with special focus on changes in social structure, agriculture and trade. Survey and excavation in three or four parts of the island are intended to reveal sequences of settlement and burial; the metal finds, pottery and botany are to be studied in Italy and the human bone, animal bone and contents of amphorae in York.
The focus of research in 2014 was CASTRONOVO DI SICILIA, a town in central Sicily, where the two main sites investigated were MONTE KASSAR, a short-lived Byzantine stronghold constructed at1030m AOD (7th/8th century AD), and CASALE SAN PIETRO an extensive occupation area of the 7th–13th century on the flood plain of the River Platani, occupying either side of the main Agrigento–Palermo road.
The project is directed by Alessandra Molinari (Rome) and Martin Carver (York) with the support of Stefano Vassallo of the Soprintendenza per i Beni Culturali e Ambientali di Palermo.
The team was courteously hosted by the Mayor and town of Castronovo.